This story is heartbreaking on so many levels. A Louisville middle school student says he was relentlessly bullied because he was a male cheerleader and other students perceived him as gay.
The 13-year-old says he was "bullied, harassed, threatened [with] physical harm, humiliated" and called numerous gay slurs by other students at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School. "B.B." was forced to withdraw from Thomas Jefferson Middle School and his mother has filed a lawsuit against Jefferson County Public Schools, reports WFPL Radio.
B.B. left Thomas Jefferson and was home schooled beginning April 2012 and now attends Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North, an all male middle school—where he’s still teased, he says.
Attorney Teddy Gordon—who has litigated against JCPS many times before and who represents B.B.—says he has several active cases related to bullying open. Gordon says despite having a state law and policy on the books, local school districts still aren’t doing enough to protect students like B.B. from acts of bullying.
The school district claims they have done everything from "changing the teen's schedule [to] occasionally escorting him around school." The school system has asked a judge not to intervene in the case.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of Indiana: Indianapolis Public Schools has been named in a federal lawsuit filed behalf of Darnell "Dynasty" Young, the Black, openly gay 17-year-old student who was relentlessly bullied and expelled after he brought a stun gun to school for protection. The lawsuit filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Kirkland & Ellis alleges IPS engaged in "discriminatory treatment and fail[ed] to protect" the bullied teen.
Watch WDRB's report AFTER THE JUMP ..